I had the opportunity to interview actor Omar Dorsey for his latest film Harriet that hits theaters Friday, Nov 1st.
I’ve watched his work in films like Selma, and Django Unchained, which were both Best Picture Nominees. And of course, his character Hollywood on the award winning Queen Sugar. So, I already felt like it was going to be a cool interview, plus
Dorsey is full of positive vibes and real. He’s that guy that everybody loves!
In Harriet, Omar plays a free slave named Bigger Long, who captures escaped slaves and then takes them back to their slave owners for a fee. (Yes, you read that right!)
“That’s been going on forever, especially in our community. Some of us will sell out each other for the betterment of ourselves,” he shared.
Then there is a scene in the movie where he does something to Janelle Monae’s character that will have you in shock! ( Go see Harriet when it hits theaters tomorrow and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about…no spoilers here!)
“Janelle Monae is a national treasure. I’m a fan and we’re really cool. I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t want people to go from loving me to hating me. So, I went to the director to see if we could do something different, but Janelle, who was over in the corner laughing told me not to worry about it, just do it. So I focused on the character.”
(Still not telling ya’ll what it is…Go see Harriet when it hits theaters tomorrow).
He apologizes to his Queen Sugar fans:
“I’m sorry ya’ll, I love Hollywood, but I hadn’t played a bad boy in so long, and that was intentional. I told my agent I wanted to do this role to show folks that I still got it, and to show a little diversity in the characters that I play.”
One last thing, I asked him what did he learn about Harriet Tubman that he didn’t know before doing this film.
“I didn’t know she lead a Battalion. As a black woman back then, leading an armed expedition in the war. That’s huge!”
A fun fact about Omar. He’s a preacher’s kid from Decatur, Georgia. His father is the Rev. Dr. Oliver Dorsey and pastors Ebenezer Baptist Church in Georgia.
Directed by Kasi Lemmons, Harriet stars Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monae, Leslie Odom, Jr., Joe Alwyn, and Omar Dorsey.